The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Abba! Father!


“It is a wise father that knows his own child.”  William Shakespeare 

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”  Romans 8:15

Abba:  “an intimate term for God as father”

Near Portland Oregon there is a bridge called St. Johns Bridge.  Its gothic styled towers rise a little over four hundred feet above the surface of the Willamette river, suspending a nearly half mile deck below.  Of course, there are lights to mark the top of the bridge to aviation traffic.  And of course, those lights have to be maintained.  And if you look way up at the its spires from below you’ll be able to see a seemingly tiny ladder up to them.  Most of us live in such a sterile world, that it’s hard to believe anyone would have to climd a ladder four hundred feet above ground to change a lightbulb.  Now, I’m not scared of ladders, and I’m not particularly scared of heights.  However, I do have a healthy respect for the dangers of both and I’m not sure you’ll ever find me climbing the rungs of a ladder hundreds of feet off the ground.  And at the same time I know that climbing a ladder thousands of feet high is really no different than one just a few.  Still it takes something a little extra.  The consequences are a little greater.  The stakes a little higher.  The faith has to be strong.  Faith that the safety leash will hold.  Faith that your foot will not slip.  Faith that your courage will not waiver.  And by now you can see where I’m leading.  How much of life requires faith?  Answer...  All of it.  A careless driver.  A sleeping pilot.  A foolish shooter.  They all can take lives just as easily as gravity.  And still there’s a greater faith.  A faith that puts us into harms way without fear.  A faith that makes us vulnerable without shame.  A faith that comforts at the thought of death.  A faith that knows Jesus saves.  It produces the same kind of trust a child has being tossed into the air.  A trust that doesn’t even comprehend danger because daddy never fails.  How comforting is it to know that we are tethered, we are being caught, we are in the safety net of a loving Savior willing to give up all of His rights and luxuries as God to die for us a most cruel death on the Cross?  How comforting is it to know that there is more to life than a few years?  That there is more than this?  That there is perfection waiting?  We still fear.  We’ve been dropped by humanity.  We’ve been failed by our earthly safety nets.  And so it’s a little hard at times to trust in a Savior we’ve never met and cannot see.  But how good does it feel when we know He’s near?  When we feel His presence and His love?  When our faith is strong?  It feels like home.  It feels safe and warm in the coldest and dankest of places.  We’ve failed.  Sometimes we don’t even feel like we deserve the love of our Creator.  However, it’s still there.  Like the most loving of parents.  The strongest of ropes.  The steadiest of buildings.  It’s still there, no matter how hard we’ve tried to find its failing point.  1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Hold on to that faith.  That love.  That unfailing Savior.  In a world where very little deserves faith.  In a world where injustice takes place everyday.  In a world where...  He is faithful.  He is just.  He saves.  Jesus saves.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

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